It’s often suggested that people travel prepared with everything that they could possibly need, but it isn’t always necessary when you’re traveling in an RV rental. While you will always want to take the basics, such as clothes and food, there are some items that you may not actually need to bring.

Some people think that an RV rental has endless space to pack all your special little Knick knacks. While it may have more room than your car, you may want to save some space for essentials like your first-aid kit, fire extinguishers, and tools for fixing your RV should it break down.

If you’re anything like me, you probably want to pack as much as possible, so you don’t forget anything as you go. As much room as an RV has, it still has a limit. Also, there are some things that could get you in trouble for bringing, whether with bears or with a cop. Take a look at what I mean.

Don’t Bring

  1. Don’t pack sodas. You and your kids may love your soda, whether it’s Pepsi or Sprite, or any other American favorite. While you can certainly pack some to cover your soda needs as you start off your road trip, don’t pack a case full. Unless you have plenty of room in your fridge, the soda can get hot while you travel and also due to the constant movement, could explode. Who wants burst soda cans all over their living space on the road?
  2. Valuables that you don’t need for your trip. While you may take all your precautions to keep your RV locked up as you go, there can be mishaps along the way. You wouldn’t want to lose a family’s heirloom, because you decided to bring it with you on the trip. If you leave the important valuables at home, should a break-in happen, you’ll only have to worry about taking care of the broken window or lock, and not replacing valuables.
  3. Anything that could get you in trouble with the law while traveling. This may be obvious, but if you’re traveling on the highway, you’re bound to see a cop or two as you go. You don’t want to end up cutting your trip short, because you have those special drugs in your possession. It’s best to avoid carrying them in your RV with you and getting in trouble instead of enjoying your trip to amazing destinations.
  4. Too many fruits and vegetables. Yes, you should definitely eat healthy on your trip and since you can cook on the stove, preparing your veggies is a great way to maintain a great summer body while traveling. Just don’t pack up too many before your trip. Only buy what you will need for the first couple of days. As you go along your way, you can always buy some more at a grocery store. Rotten fruits and vegetables are no fun to clean, can draw pests to your RV, and are a waste of your money.
  5. Don’t pack gear that you aren’t actually planning to use. You may be tempted to take everything that you could think of needing. That blow-up raft for the beach, the folding chairs for camping, rollerblades for skating, and a kayak for rowing are all fun-items, but think again. Do you have the space for everything? If you’ve planned out your trip itinerary, you know where you’ll be going, what kind of landscapes and area you’ll be in, so bring what you know that you’ll use and nothing more. Should a situation arise where you want an innertube for the ocean or river, then you can always drop on by a local store.

Traveling across the country is certainly a fun way to enjoy your time off. Whether you’re traveling with the kids or with friends, you’re probably starting to plan what to pack. If you’re alone, you’re luck that you have so much space. If not, you’re going to have to take some time to plan exactly what to bring.

If you can fit most of what you want, then you can make sure that your trip is as comfortable as you want. Just remember that RV’s may look like they have a lot of cupboard space, but you’ll realize that once you pack your clothing and essentials for your family, there may not be that much space left.

Also, you’ll be living in your RV rental for quite a while, so there will be a lot of days spent inside a small place. Plan well and you can enjoy having everything you want and need, as well as have plenty of space to move around and enjoy RV living while traveling throughout the country.